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West Orange Police Arrest Suspect Wanted in Double Homicide

Cynthia Cumming

Friday, July 18, 2014 • 8:44pm

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Today the West Orange Police Department apprehended wanted criminal Ali Muhammed Brown, 29, of Seattle, Washington. Brown was wanted in a double homicide in Seattle and an armed robbery in Pt. Pleasant, NJ.

The announcement came from Acting Prosecutor Carolyn Murray and West Orange Police Chief James Abbott earlier today.

Detectives from the West Orange Police Department and Essex County Prosecutor's Homicide Task Force arrested  Brown without incident in the area of the 200 block of Mt. Pleasant Avenue. According to the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, Brown was booked at the Homicide Task Force for two open murder warrants from a June 1, 2014 double murder in Seattle, Washington and an arrest warrant for Carjacking in Point Pleasant, NJ on June 29, 2014.  

Brown is currently being held at the Essex County Correctional Center and will be turned over to the United States Marshals Service.

On Monday, July 14, Tap Into West Orange published a photograph of Brown provided by Essex County Chief of Detectives Anthony Ambrose, after receiving information that Brown might  have friends or relatives in the Essex County, New Jersey area.

On June 1, Brown killed Ahmed Said, 27, and Dwone Anderson-Young, 23, shortly after midnight June 1 near 29th Avenue South and South King Street according to Seattle police. The case is currently being investigated as a possible gay hate crime. Both victims were shot in the head and there appeared to be no struggle prior to the crimes. 

Said’s gold 2001 Mitsubishi Gallant was found in South Seattle. A huge amount of blood was found in the passenger seat. In addition, Brown’s palm print was found on the interior rear driver’s side window. Spent 9 mm shell casings that matched the casings found at the crime scene were also found in the abandoned car. 

On June 29, a 46-year-old Point Pleasant Beach man was robbed at gunpoint in front of a coffee shop, his wallet and keys taken. Police claim Brown perpetrated that crime as well. 

(Editor's Note: This article was updated on July 22, 2014).

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